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Where you and I might simply see a chair or table, Sir Humphry Wakefield discerns works of art. COLIN KHOO speaks to the eccentric aesthete about the timelessness of antique furnishing.
IT'S that time of the year again when a multitude of arts events happen across the Causeway. The Singapore Arts Festival 2004, which began on Friday and will continue until June 20, is back with some mouth-watering performances scheduled. Free of last year's subdued mood caused by concerns about SARS and security, this year's fest is offering some big names from around the world.
Last week, the Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, announced that the government would spend RM4mil to build an orang asli art museum in Selangor's Paya Indah Wetlands. MENG YEW CHOONG explores what this means for the future of the orang asli arts scene.
Rare Chinese artworks are on display in Paris to commemorate a centuries-old relationship between two nations.
When pieces of clothing are lovingly created as pieces of art, there is no chance for profitable mass marketing. RUBIN KHOO reports.
DID you know that salt, cattle and even cowrie shells were once used as money? As it is, the word 'salary' comes from the Latin word I>salarium/I>, meaning 'of salt', and 'fee' comes from the German word for cattle. You can learn such interesting trivia on money matters at Trigometric, a currency specialist shop and gallery in Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya.
FASHION is making it big in Malaysia. With KL Fashion Week only days away, the air is abuzz with new fashions, new trends, stylish clothes and a host of people working to put it all together for the catwalk.
Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zerafina Idris is Selangor's highest-ranking princess, so one would expect her to be flitting from one palace to another and riding in chauffeured Rolls-Royces. Why then is she selling curry mixes, ready-made sauces, soaps and toiletries in London? KEE HUA CHEE finds out.